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Illinois Teachers Strike; Radioactivity’s Impact On The Landscape Art Exhibit; Flu Shot Season; Giant Pumpkins

The Chicago Teachers’ Union is on strike, and classes are canceled today. But they’re not the only teachers walking off the job in Illinois. We check in with other teachers who are striking across the state. Plus, a new art exhibit in Urbana explores the invisible ways that radioactivity and nuclear waste affects all of our lives. And, Illinois produces more pumpkins than any other state. Now that fall is here, we’ll speak with two Illinois farmers about this year's pumpkin crop. 

Judge Jodi Thomas, right, speaks to HART participants during a weekly meeting.

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Opioids And A Teddy Bear: Ten Years Of Drug Court

Judge Jodi Thomas presides over HART, which stands for "Helping Achieve Recovery Together." It’s an opioid-specific program, and one of two drug recovery court dockets in Franklin County, which includes Columbus.

Scientists in the Artic Ocean

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Illinoisans Want Lawmakers To Make Climate Change A Priority

An overwhelming majority of Illinoisans say lawmakers should make dealing with climate change a priority. That’s according to the latest results from an NPR Illinois — University of Illinois Springfield survey.

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The 21st Show

How The GM Workers Strike Affects Illinois; Being Pregnant While Working On A Farm; ’The Great Leap’ at Steppenwolf

Nearly 50,000 General Motors workers walked off the job last month as part of a United Auto Workers strike. The strike could be nearing an end soon, but what impact has it already had on Illinois? Plus, there is little research into how things like spraying pesticides or treating animals affect pregnant women working on farms. We’ll talk about what rural health providers can do to help. And, the Great Leap is a play at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater. It’s the story of a Chinese-American basketball player who goes to China during a time of political upheaval.

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